By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014
Brad and Aaron Fowler with the ‘71 Dodge Demon.
The 10th annual Mopars at the Park Car Show hits the pavement on Saturday, November 8.
The festivities take place at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park (3101 N. Garnett Rd.), and include a full day of car shows, races and art. Benefitting Broken Arrow Neighbors, this year’s event celebrates 100 years of Dodge and features a few new additions to the show.
Lexie Fowler, event coordinator, and her family are definitely fans of Mopar automobiles. Her husband, Brad, and son, Aaron, bonded over rebuilding an old Jeep. It wasn’t long before they upgraded and began racing. Today, the family has a couple of mean-looking Mopars on trailers, ready to tear up the track at the wave of a flag, as well as shelves lined with trophies.
“The Dodge Brothers’ first car rolled off the line in 1914,” says Fowler. “It’s only natural we celebrate this anniversary at the car show.”
For those unfamiliar with automobile genealogy, Horace and John Dodge were early innovators of automobile engines and chassis, becoming strong competitors with Ford in the first golden era of cars. Mopar is the name of the division that manufactures parts and components for Dodge and related Chrysler vehicles (Plymouth, Jeep, etc.). Today, the Mopar name is a catch-all phrase car enthusiasts use for the related family of cars – in contrast to Chevrolet, Ford and so on.
One hundred years after the first Dodge Model 30 took its first test spin, the company retains its popularity as a leading American car manufacturer, as evidenced by families of die-hard enthusiasts like the Fowlers. The Mopars in the Park Car Show is a way for everyone to get together and show off their favorite ride, burn a little rubber and ogle the friendly competition.
As in previous years, expect a slew of races and car shows. Drag races will feature several classes, including a ladies bracket, with cash prizes awarded to winners and runners-up. The Mopar Car Show will hand out awards for almost a dozen classes, from daily drivers to trucks and convertibles – and, of course, modified models.
New this year is an art show. Artists are invited to showcase their “Dodge-inspired” art. Assemblage, painting – anything goes. So snatch up those old hubcaps from the Dart sitting out back and get to welding!
For kids and the young at heart, there will be a model car contest. Winners in several categories are eligible for awards. Also, kids will be able to participate in a Hot Wheels Shoot Out. Keep an eye out for additional activities for children, as more will be added as the event draws near.
Mopars at the Park has been a longtime partner of Broken Arrow Neighbors, a nonprofit organization that provides “assistance with dignity” to more than 11,000 people in the community. Specializing in helping financially disadvantaged citizens with basic needs emergency assistance, the organization has meant the difference between maintaining independence or homelessness to countless people over the years.
Mopars at the Park accepts nonperishable food and cash donations at the admission gate on behalf of Broken Arrow Neighbors. Each person who brings a food donation will receive a discount on their admission at the gate.
“It’s a great time for a food drive, since it’s just before the holidays,” says Fowler.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.